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Florencia San Martin

Florencia San Martin

Instr Fac,Spcl Pgms-For Credit, Assistant Professor, Instructional Faculty, Summer Session - Extension Assistant Professor of Art History & Global Cultures


Assistant Professor
Art and Design


Florencia San Martín (she, her, ella) is Assistant Professor of Art History and Global Cultures at California State University, San Bernardino. She teaches and writes about contemporary art and culture from the Americas, decolonial methodologies, and theories on memory, race, gender, and the neoliberal present. Her work has appeared in ASAP/JLatin American and Latinx Visual CultureTransmodernity; Journal of Peripheral Cultural Production of the Luso-Hispanic WorldILLAPA Mana TukukuqThe Poiésis, and Seismopolite Journal of Art and Politics. Her research has been supported by institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Rutgers University, and CONICYT, and she has been invited to talk at international institutions including the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China, and the Museum of Modern Art of Medellín in Colombia. Florencia is currently working on three book projects: a monograph based on her dissertation titled The Decolonial Project of Alfredo Jaar; a volume on Chilean contemporary art and visual culture; and the volume The Routledge Companion to Decolonizing Art History, which she is co-editing with Tatiana E. Flores and Charlene Villaseñor Black for Routledge. She also serves in the editorial boards of Visual Studies, The Poiésis, and Arts/MDPI, and was New York Coordinator for Art Nexus from 2017 to 2020. Originally from Santiago, Chile, in 2010 Florencia moved to New York to pursue her MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish at New York University and her PhD in Art History at Rutgers University. Before joining CSUSB in the fall of 2020, she taught courses on art history and visual culture at CSI/CUNY and The School of Visual Arts in New York.





PhD in Art History, Department of Art History, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, May 2019

MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures New York University, May 2012

BFA in Studio Art, School of Art, The Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, June 2006


Fall 2020

AH 1221 - AH Foundations: Periods of Art History in the Globalized Field

AH 1222 - AH Foundations: Discourses in Visual, Material, Exhibition Studies

AH 3250 – Art Historical/Museum Themes: Decolonizing Contemporary Art in the Americas

Spring 2021

AH 1221 - AH Foundations: Periods of Art History in the Globalized Field

AH 1222 - AH Foundations: Discourses in Visual, Material, Exhibition Studies

ART 6617 - Graduate Seminar in Critical Theory and Methodologies 

Research and Teaching Interests

 Decolonial Methodologies; Art History in the Global Context; Contemporary Art and Culture from the Americas; Chilean art; Theories on Memory, Race, and Gender; Transnational Solidarities and Diasporic Communities;History of Photography; and Latin American Film.